Elinor Ross was one of American's great opera singers, a dramatic soprano particularly associated with the Italian repertory. She died on March 6th, 2020.
Born in Tampa, Florida, she studied at the Syracuse University, and later came to New York to study with William Herman, Stanley Sontag and Leo Resnick. She made her debut with the Cincinnati Opera in 1958, as Leonora in Il trovatore, opposite Jussi Björling, Giulietta Simionato and Ettore Bastianini.
She sang at the opera houses of Boston, Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Francisco, New Orleans, Houston, Hartford, etc. In 1968, she appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York, in the American premiere of Verdi's Alzira, and made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1970, in the title role of Puccini's Turandot.
Ross also enjoyed a successful international career, appearing at La Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice, the opera houses of Bologna, Palermo, Florence, Verona, the Vienna State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, etc.
Her repertoire included roles such as Abigail, Lady Macbeth, Amelia, Leonora, Elisabetta, Aida, Gioconda, Santuzza, Maddalena, Tosca, Donna Anna, Medea, Norma, etc.